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In one version of events

Jonah was swallowed

by the whale

nightly and each morning

he recounted his story.

Jonah was shut

in a windowless room and instructed

to draw his whale.

The instructor was kind.

This was no age of monsters.

In one version of events

Jonah put thumbtacks

in his eyes

and sounded the room's

shadowy circumference.

By mike white